#TotalShutdown: South Africans gear up for nationwide women led march

Women along with members of the LGBTI and gender-neutral groups will stage a national shutdown on Wednesday in protest against gender based violence.

The #TotalShutdown movement has partnered with various civil society groups in a call to government to intensify efforts to address the scourge of women abuse and killings.

Director of Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Group, Nondumiso Nsibande joined Gushwell Brooks on The Karima Brown Show to share more on the campaign.

Since 1956 this is the first march where we will again see women come together.

Nondumiso Nsibande, Director of Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Group

We are calling on the state, we have a set of about 24 demands which represent each year that the state has failed to ensure our right to be free from violence.

Nondumiso Nsibande, Director of Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Group

Nsibande says there is a lack of political will to end violence against women.

What we are calling for is nothing new, we do know what needs to happen to end violence against women in the country. The challenge is we are not committing to it. There have been bits of effort here and there and there to try and address it but they don't seem to be coming together.

Nondumiso Nsibande, Director of Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Group

As part of our demands, we are calling for the resourcing of institutions, sensitisation of various institutions tasked with addressing the issue of violence against women, we are also calling for government to look at the ministry of women in its effectiveness.

Nondumiso Nsibande, Director of Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Group

Central to this is the call for an Indaba, a dialogue with women to talk about the challenges women are facing and to also be solutions focused around what needs to happen to address the scourge.

Nondumiso Nsibande, Director of Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Group

Click on the link below to listen to the full conversation....

Cover Photograph: @WomenProtestSA/Twitter


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